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An Extended Care, Luxury Recovery Community

Located in Beautiful Austin, TX

Sober Care, Compassion & Community

The cornerstone of Hickory Wind Ranch's philosophy is respect for every individual as a unique, lovable human being. It is our promise. We honor and understand that each person's journey is an exceptional one. We offer care, compassion and community to meet the individual needs of each member through the following program components:

What Sets Us Apart from Other Sober Homes

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Video from Family Dinner Night - April 6th, 2012

Who We Are

Hickory Wind Ranch Director, Polly Parsons

POLLY PARSONS, Executive Director

If there are two things Polly Parsons could write encyclopedias on, they are rock and roll, and addiction. As the daughter of Gram Parsons, considered to be the father of the Americana Music movement, who fatally overdosed at twenty-six, she had no other choice but to learn a lifetime’s worth of both subjects.

Growing up as the child of Gram Parsons and an artistic mother, Polly had little stability in her life. She was only a child when her father died, and though she has some treasured memories of him, she learned most of what she knows from those who played music alongside him and loved him.

Addiction is genetic. All of Polly's grandparents died of this disease as well. In her own journey to sobriety, she learned a lot about what worked and didn’t work in various recovery and sober living programs.

Over 5 years ago, Polly founded Hickory Wind Ranch, which is driven by one passionate question: If her young father was still alive, and needed help, where would he go? At Hickory Wind Ranch, Polly has created the most creative space in the country, incorporating structured, bi-weekly random drug testing, counseling, yoga, community dinners once a month, creative group challenges where residents present an original piece of art, music, drama, or writing, and 24-hour personal support. Polly believes that the recovery model in 2013 must include ANY open door to recovery that brings us closer to God. "We must include everyone at the healing table, because it is working.” This model is driving the success behind Hickory Wind Ranch, which has one of the highest sober living retention rates in Austin, Texas. Polly hopes to establish the same model in other cities across the country, continuing the journey of healing she has so passionately begun.

Besides having 15 years of experience of work in the music industry with recovering addicts, Polly is also the producer of a video concert design company, and a mother. It is a full and busy life, but when it comes to Hickory Wind Ranch, Polly cannot imagine a life without it.

Listen to an exclusive podcast recorded on March 12th, 2012 from Polly Parsons here:


Rick completed his Graduate studies in 1996 at The California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. Prior to this however, his Pre-Professional work involved geriatric and childcare as an assessment specialist and parenting coach.

He is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Texas and California, a Board ApprovedSupervisor of Marriage and Family Therapist-Associates and has extensive Clinical Supervisory history and treatment expertise with issues of Chemical Dependency, children and families and individuals challenged with self-harm behaviors.

Children and Families: Rick’s professional career has included treatment to couples, families and children in various non-profit, private and governmental settings. He has over 15 years of experience working with children who are challenged with disruptive, Impulse control and conduct disorders. He also integrates assistance to family members involved to assist them to resolve some of the extreme challenges they have faced in loving a child with mental health and behavioral issues. Rick’s approach is to develop a supportive relationship where new learning can be accepted and welcomed as opposed to forced and demanded.

Chemical Dependency: Since 1994 Rick worked with people who are challenged with alcoholism, drug addiction and chronic relapse issues. His history includes direct counseling care, coordinated efforts in residential settings (Mandated and Optional treatment) as well as intensive outpatient and aftercare programs. He works with adolescents, transitional age youth and adults. He’s forged a partnership and has developed a small men’s recovery program in Austin, Texas (Hickory Wind Ranch Recovery Community) that focuses on small treatment groups, intensive services and extended aftercare with sober living. The intention is to end the “revolving door” of residential treatment that so many people suffer through.

Individuals and Groups: Rick has received intensive training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Some of this training was under the guidance of Marsha Linehan, PhD and The Behavioral Technology Transfer Group

Rick also conducts therapy from a psychodynamic supportive approach, addressing past issues that interfere with a person’s ability to build the life and relationships that a person desires. Corrective experiences are the goal of the therapy and not purely behavior change.

Hickory Wind Ranch provides alcohol and drug free sober living for recovering men and women with experienced direction in the field of substance abuse and deep ties to the recovery community. We work with Danielle Brown, LCSW, R-DMT, a licensed clinical social worker and registered dance/movement therapist. She has extensive training and experience working with children, adolescents and adults struggling with a wide range of mental health issues including autism spectrum disorders, psychotic disorders, mood disorders, personality disorders, anxiety, substance abuse, and trauma. Danielle utilizes and empathic, creative, and collaborative approach to help clients develop mind/body integration, self-awareness, and insight as a foundation to physical, emotional, and spiritual health and well-being.

If you're a neighbor of Hickory Wind Ranch, please feel free to read our letter to our neighbors concerning general information about our sober living residents and our sober living homes in Austin.

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